Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations (CGTPO)

Next dates: 04.11.2020 - 19.11.2020
Deadline: 08.08.2020

Course description

The Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations (CGTPO) is ZIFs key contribution to mission preparation prior to deployment. It is designed to provide insights into the work of UN, OSCE and EU peace operations and touches upon professional, personal, social and methodological competencies required to successfully work in a peace operation. The curriculum of this two-weeks training is characterized by a high level of interactive, practical sessions and simulation exercises mirroring the reality of a mission. The course is being conducted as a joint undertaking with the Police College North Rhine-Westphalia.


The overall objectives of this course are:

  • To provide an understanding of the mandate, functions and legal framework of peace operations as well as
  • To provide an understanding of the interplay of international organizations, their peace operations, the individual serving in them, and the local partners.


Mainstreamed topics in the course are the cooperation between civil, military and police - the so-called "comprehensive approach" or "integrated approach" -, gender awareness, local ownership and how to set up participatory processes, as well as the concepts of "Do no Harm" and sustainability These principles of action form part of ZIF’s concept "Civilian Expert".

Other topics covered include conflict analysis tools, negotiation (techniques), conflict-sensitive project management, mentoring, conduct and ethics, strategic communications/media relations and stress management.

With particular emphasis on personal safety and security, the second week of the core course is conducted in the shape of a HEAT-course (Hostile Environment Awareness Training) at the UN-Training Centre of the German Armed Forces in Hammelburg. The HEAT seeks to raise participants awareness of safety and security and risk prevention. Participants are trained in mine awareness, radio communication, behavior in complex risk situations such as ambushes and checkpoints. Moreover, the curriculum of the training includes road safety and 4x4 driving modules, both essential for field deployments.

To provide a realistic impression of fieldwork, police officers as well as military take part in this course, too. Moreover, ZIF invites current national staff members of EU-, OSCE, UN, and AU-peace operations as participants. The course curriculum uses a scenario specifically developed for this course.

The curriculum of the HEAT is certified according to the C3MC-standard (for more Information see ENTRi).

Course venue

The main part of the course takes place at facilities in Brühl or Berlin, Germany. The HEAT part of the course takes place at the UN Training Centre of the Bundeswehr (German Armed Forces) in Hammelburg, Germany. ZIF is organizing the transport from the Berlin venue to the UN Training Centre in Hammelburg as well as a shuttle bus from the Training Centre to Frankfurt Airport.

Course fee

€ 2800.00 for external applicants (including German applicants who are not applying for membership in the ZIF-Expert-Roster).

€ 460.00 for applicants to the ZIF-Expert-Roster (open to German nationals only), members of the German police and the German military.

The course fee covers the cost of full-board accommodation during the training. Insurance, visa and travel costs are not included in the fee and will not be reimbursed.

ZIF offers a limited number of scholarships for national staff of UN, EU and OSCE missions. For more information on those scholarship opportunities, please, contact the training officer of your mission or at headquarters. Please, do not direct your inquiry to ZIF.

Application process

As an external applicant (civilian, police or military), please apply for this course via the ZIF-database by clicking on the 'Apply Now' button on the top right side of this webpage and follow the directions. If the application deadline has passed, please contact the ZIF contact person for this course directly.

If you are a German national who would like to apply for membership in the ZIF-Expert Roster, please follow the directions outlined here.